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In rural Nevada, bridging the education 'digital divide' largely means improving internet access

August 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
Even if Angela McVicars and her school-age daughters started the day with functioning internet, a sense of foreboding clouded their remote learning. They knew it was a matter of when, not if, the internet connection would suddenly freeze and require a manual reboot — a process that could take a handful of minutes or close to an hour if a call to their service provider was needed.

Gaming | Technology

Digital and cashless gaming technology viewed as bringing casinos into the 21st century

June 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Cashless gaming has been used on slot machines throughout the casino industry for at least two decades, although it wasn’t initially accepted by customers. When the original systems, dubbed ticket-in/ticket-out, were introduced, they confused older slot players, who didn’t understand why winnings came out in the form of a ticket voucher, rather than cash, which they had originally loaded into the machine.


IndyVideo: A look at new tech at CES

January 11th, 2020 - 2:00am
Roughly 175,000 people came through the The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year, listening to keynote speakers and checking out booths showing off tech’s latest and greatest.

Health Care | State Government | Technology

Governors seek funds to improve broadband, get telemedicine, education initiatives into rural West

December 18th, 2019 - 2:00am
Sixty-five percent of Nevada’s rural population is without access to sufficient telecommunications compared to five percent of the urban population, according to a 2016 report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Nevada’s state leaders have been working on the issue for years, and a discussion on broadband access came last week at the Western Governors' Association’s (WGA) annual winter meeting in Las Vegas.

Economy & Business | IndyBlog | Technology

Attorney general joins 48 states in Google antitrust probe

September 11th, 2019 - 2:00am
Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford has announced he will join attorneys general across the country calling for an investigation of Google’s online advertising practices. Ford said his primary reason for participating in the probe is to identify and act on the tech giant’s practices that violate state antitrust laws.

Local Government | Technology

Initiatives seek to grant internet access to low-income families

July 19th, 2019 - 2:00am
The internet’s transformation from a novelty to a necessity has left thousands of families at a disadvantage if they lack an internet subscription or a computer or other device with which to connect. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, along with a data security firm, are looking to change that.

Local Government | Technology

As hackers target U.S. cities, Las Vegas signs on to resolution not to pay future ransoms

July 9th, 2019 - 2:00am
Last week, Las Vegas signed onto a resolution from the U.S. Conference of Mayors — cosponsored by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young — in which member cities agreed not to pay ransoms related to malware attacks, just weeks after Baltimore paid more than $18 million to rebuild its systems after a ransomware attack.

Economy & Business | Technology

Blockchains CEO buys local bank, charting course for company

July 1st, 2019 - 2:00am
Though it may be less exciting than the techno-future vision heavily promoted by the company,  Berns (who will own the bank through a separate holding company and not through Blockchains) said the acquisition of the Las Vegas-based Kirkwood Bank of Nevada is a small but critical step in helping the nascent company achieve its wildly ambitious goals.

Legislature | Technology

Lawmaker proposes unemployment insurance payments for self-serve kiosks

March 26th, 2019 - 2:15am
Introduced Friday, AB394 is short and straightforward, requiring all Nevada businesses with self-service terminal, kiosk or similar devices owned by an employer pay into the state’s Unemployment Compensation Fund for each such device owned — and in an amount equal to the average contribution paid by the business for its other employees. Funds paid would go to an administrative budget account that administers the unemployment compensation program.

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